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How to Get More Fish in Your Lake

While some of the trends affecting our freshwater fish are global, some of the big fixes can happen right off your own dock


Restoring the native plants that once lined the riverbanks, streams, and wetlands is a smart move, says Cindy Chu, a research scientist with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Anything that shades the water will be a boon for fish stressed by the warmer waters that climate change is bringing. Shady rivers can be as much as 5°C cooler than those with full sun, she says.


Many cottage associations can offer tips about which shoreline species to plant, she says. And the Love Your Lake program, developed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Watersheds Canada to help improve water quality, cautions against mowing, using fertilizers, or removing woody debris. The program offers assessments of shoreline health and strategies for improving it, lake by lake, across parts of Canada.

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Cottage Life’s Fall issue brings you the magic of the season. Kick your campfire up a notch with desserts that are delicious and pure fun. Get inspired by the story of a family whose three generations pitch in to add on to their retreat—gaining hands-on skills and a love of the cottage along the way. Discover the secrets to better sleep at the lake. Build a fold-up workbench, and get the lowdown on Tesla solar roof tiles, two handy jacks, and six small problem-solving gadgets for your workshop. Choose the best water-filtration system for your family (so you can stop hauling water to the cottage!). And when it’s finally time to close up for the season, we’ve got 17 smarter ways to put your boats, docks, plumbing, and more to bed—with a lot less stress. Plus, as fish numbers drop, we asked the experts what’s going on below the surface of our lakes. Chock full of advice and inspiration, this issue offers the best of fall at the cottage.